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History Unit 5 Lesson 3: Ending the War Apply 2
Henry Prosser
06/28/2020
War- Worth the Cost?
World War II wreaked havoc on the world. Not one American alive at the time can say that they
weren’t impacted by the war. Death, permanent physical and mental illnesses, and massive property
destruction are only some of the prices paid. Is this a cost we as a country and we as humans can afford?
D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944. After waiting patiently for the conditions of the night to be right,
over 100,000 soldiers set off to invade Normandy. Soldiers jumped out of helicopters and arrived on
boats and amphibious crafts to get to the shore. Men used guns, bombs, and flame throwers to attack the
enemy. Meeting heavy fire from the enemy on Omaha and Utah beaches, over 2,500 soldiers were
injured or killed. Despite the lives lost, over 55,000 American troops were able to land on the beaches of
France and continue the war.
Genocide is a plague of humanity. The inability of people to look beyond physical religious
differences caused the largest mass murder in history. The concentration camps erected in Europe were
worse than atrocious. Over 1 million people were sent to the camps with only small fractions surviving.
The people lived in the cold, harsh climates with barely enough clothing to keep warm. Families were
separated, never to know the fate of their loved ones. Food was scare and barely edible. Degradation and
humiliation of the camp occupants was a daily occurrence. This occurred through public beatings,
berating, and executions. By the time that people were liberated from the camps, over 1.1 million people
had been killed. The survivors had survived starvation, forced labor, and at times, torture and
experimentation.
Without a doubt, the price is worth the product. Human life cannot be measured monetarily. Even
one life destroyed because of extremist actions of the Nazis was one life too many. The soldiers who
went to war and gave their lives, their limbs, and their sanity all willingly risked themselves to protect
those they love from the possibility of the Axis gaining world power. It is a civic duty to fight for one’s
country. It should not be looked at as a chore, but as an honor. To be a soldier is to hold the fate of a
country and countrymen in one’s hands. There is nothing nobler than defending the ideals, liberties, and
privileges of the American people. In exchange for having the privileges that we as Americans enjoy,
there always have to be people to defend our rights and way of life. It is a sign of our power as a country
that other countries seek aid from the United States at times of crisis. Being able to extend a helping
hand, or in case of war, supporting troops, is part of what makes America great.
Works Cited
Frost, Natasha. “Horrors of Auschwitz: The Numbers Behind WWII's Deadliest Concentration
Camp.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 21 Jan. 2020,
www.history.com/news/auschwitz-concentration-camp-numbers.
History.com Editors. “D-Day.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 27 Oct. 2009,
www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/d-day.

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History Unit 5 Lesson 3: Ending the War Apply 2 Henry Prosser 06/28/2020 War- Worth the Cost? World War II wreaked havoc on the world. Not one American alive at the time can say that they weren’t impacted by the war. Death, permanent physical and mental illnesses, and massive property destruction are only some of the prices paid. Is this a cost we as a country and we as humans can afford? D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944. After waiting patiently for the conditions of the night to be right, over 100,000 soldiers set off to invade Normandy. Soldiers jumped out of helicopters and arrived on boats ...
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